Adam Perna had every reason to smile after he caught a brace of fish to remember featuring a roach of 3lb 5oz and a rudd that tipped the scales at 2lb 11oz.
The specialist has spent all winter targeting the big redfins residing in Willow Pool, which is part of the Lynch Hill complex in Oxon, with little success, but his determination paid off when he put his faith in maggot feeder rigs with two red grubs on the hook.
He put himself in with a chance of landing the huge fish by moving into a carp anglers swim after seeing some big silverfish showing on the surface .
“I started off fishing as a lad catching roach with my dad and never dreamed that I’d catch anything like this in my lifetime,” said Adam.
“It just shows that with a lot of effort and a good slice of luck, incredible fish can come your way.”